Champions Trophy 2017: Saha Feels India are Favourites to Win

Gwen Vasquez
June 2, 2017

With a few players emerging from a disappointing Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign and injuries, defending champions India, who have unmatched pedigree on paper, are all set to defend their title in the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales from June 1-18.

However, Mortaza added: "But we know that we are also a better side; that we are a very improving side".

On India's opening match against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4, Saha said: "It is better to not look at which opposition we are playing". On the cut-off date, Australia were ranked number one followed by India and South Africa. This data can then be displayed within televised broadcasts to see more accurately how a batter is performing.

Azhar Ali, while talking to reporters in Edgbaston, said that Team Pakistan will look at the highly anticipated encounter against Team India as "just another game". New Zealand won every game they hosted (including against Australia in Auckland) and Australia won every game they hosted (including the final against New Zealand at the MCG).

Several batsmen will use these bat sensors in the games, enabling new insights on stroke play and rich story-telling in broadcast. And with England 200km away in London while Australia and New Zealand meet in Birmingham, will they find the tea-bags and jaffa cakes?

Morgan's determination to show faith in his first-choice XI was arguably reinforced by the events in their most recent ODI performance - when a batting side that had been piling up 300-plus scores for fun was shredded by South Africa's seamers on a lively but not unplayable Lord's surface.

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Laxman praised the Indian batsmen for showing the temperament and skills in English conditions.

Electing to bat first on winning the toss, New Zealand were off to a steady start as openers Ronchi and Martin Guptill took the total to 40 runs in the sixth over.

Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri had earlier said that the Champions Trophy is only an overdose of cricket for the audience and equally hard on the players. The ICC anticipates more than 100 million cumulative clip views during the Champions Trophy this year.

Such is the global and commercial appeal of the fixture, the ICC has effectively admitted to "doctoring" the draw to make sure the teams are paired together in the group phase of major tournaments rather than run the risk of them not meeting later on.

Laxman also named his four semi-finalists of the tournament.

It took time but now they are no longer the whipping boys of the worldwide stage as they earned the right to play the 2017 event by ranking among the top eight ODI teams of the world.

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